• States: On the left side of the home page, you’ll see an alphabetical list of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Oklahoma/Indian Territory. Each link takes you to that state’s home page, which in turn links to pages for each county in the state.
• Projects: The link to USGenWeb’s records transcription projects is located both on the top menu and the right side of the home page. One of the projects, for example, focuses on transcribing tombstones across the country. For researchers who live hundreds of miles from a cemetery, being able to track down a burial online is a true timesaver. Other projects transcribe obituary, census, pension and marriage records. Explore this link for a list of current projects, along with a link to each.
Interested in census records? Follow links to two projects that (according to the Projects page) “call themselves USGenWeb Census Projects, but neither one is actually associated with The USGenWeb Project.”
Select your state
Concentrate on counties
• Search engine: For counties with hundreds or even dozens of pages, it’s quicker to use the county search engine than to go through each set of documents individually. The search engine will query all the record transcriptions for the county, such as newspaper articles and Bible, census, school and military records.
• Lookups: County sites may list volunteers who own county histories or published indexes of local records, or who live near repositories or cemeteries, and are willing to do lookups for you. Look for instructions on how to request a lookup.
• Queries: Check pages with queries submitted by researchers of local families, along with contact information. Note that contact information is often out-of-date, but queries are still worth perusing and posting.
Contact: USGenWeb Project, 865 Claggett Lane, Eastview, KY 42732
(for state and county sites, look for a link to contact a site coordinator)
Monthly visitors: 150,000
1997 | USGenWeb Archives Census Project launches
1999 | United States Digital Map Project kicks off
2000 | MyFamily.com (now Ancestry.com) acquires RootsWeb; state coordinators begin moving state sites off RootsWeb
2001 | USGenWeb Archives Marriages Project begins
2005 | USGenWeb Archives Immigrations Project launches
2008 | USGenWeb officially moves the project to a new host
From the September 2010 Family Tree Magazine